In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services — water, gas, electricity, or telephones — were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Plan in advance how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another, and how you will get back together.
Protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake.
Have enough food, water and other supplies to survive on your own for at least 72 hours after an emergency.
Make plans to secure your property during a hurricane. Prepare to evacuate.